Jack Up The 80s is an exuberant, fun-filled, family-friendly 80s music festival – and one of the Isle of Wight’s most popular events. Let’s face it – who isn’t tempted by the idea of digging out the hairspray, the roller-boots and the neon to dance the weekend away in a colourful whirl of nostalgia?
In its sixth year, the festival takes place at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde – within easy access from the Island’s main transport links. A bumper 2018 lineup already includes Leo Sayer and Chesney Hawkes, with many more set to be announced.
What’s more, you can get 20% off your ferry crossing when booking your Jack Up The 80s tickets through the official festival website.
Although the Jack up the 80s festival begins on Saturday, 11 August, you can get the party started a day early as the superb Magic of Motown Show rolls into town. One of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, seen by over a million people, this explosive show brings 40 classic Motown hits, glamorous costumes and dazzling dance moves.
Enjoy recreations of timeless musical greats, including Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more.
Artists confirmed so far include music legend Leo Sayer, British pop rock group T’Pau, punk princess Toyah Willcox, jazz-funk band Shakatak, soul star Jaki Graham, Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp, the one and only Chesney Hawkes and many more.
Special guests from the noughties Phats & Small will be helping to mix things up a bit, along with boy band Five.
Jack Up The 80s is a charitable initiative, donating much of its profit to good causes. Over the last two years, the festival has donated over £20,000 to local charities.
Early bird tickets go on sale on 22 January 2018 and will be available on the Jack Up The 80s website. Kids aged 12 and under go free.
You can get 20% off your Wightlink ferry when you book your Jack Up The 80s tickets through the official festival website. You will receive your 20% discount code and details of how to book your ferry once you’ve bought your event tickets. The offer is available on all our routes to the Isle of Wight.
The first step when travelling to the festival is getting to the Isle of Wight. Wightlink have been taking both revelers and artists to the island long before the 80s. Our ferries leave regularly from Portsmouth and Lymington, and will provide you with not only a comfortable journey and great food, but also the kind of atmosphere which will jump-start your festival mood!
Foot passengers can travel on our fast catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour Station directly to Ryde Pier Head. A shuttle bus will be in operation from Ryde Esplenade to take you from to Smallbrook Stadium. It’s a short, 10-minute ride with buses leaving regularly.
Please note, if you are thinking of taking the train, Smallbrook Junction has no public access to or from the surrounding areas – it exists purely to provide a connection between two rail systems.
We’ve already mentioned 2018’s glittering line-up: the very best in 80s pop, rock, and cheese will be rekindling the passions of the 80s in Ryde. If you’re feeling danced-out, star-struck, or simply want a bit of a break, the festival site is full of traders and artists selling everything from 80s perm wigs, great food and more 80s memorabilia than you could shake a piano tie at.
Jack Up The 80s is now in its sixth year. It’s been growing in popularity since it was first launched. The festival began as a charitable initiative, raising money for good local causes through music and nostalgia-based fun. Tens of thousands of pounds have since gone to various local charities, enabling a lot of great work on the Island and beyond.
If you fancy having a fantastic, cheesy, colourful, musical, charitable weekend (possibly in fancy dress), book your tickets with Wightlink today.